Momma's New Sport...

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When my second daughter was about 8 months old, I decided to pick up a new sport. Maybe it was those 600 hard, high impact miles I ran pregnant, but I was ready for something a little less jarring. I love being a momma, but I needed a little “me” time.

My daughter started sleeping through the night at 7 months. After a solid month of her sleeping through the night, I felt invincible. I needed a big workout that wouldn't interfere with her naps and my 2 year old's schedule. Clearly, I also wanted to get back in shape. Running alone in the dark did not seem appealing, so this felt like the perfect time to take up masters swimming at 6am.

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Looking back, I am a little shocked that I started. I had never worn a swim cap, done flip turns or knew what IM (individual medley) meant. Not knowing anything about the coaches or program, I just picked a day and started. My first day was rough. I could swim, but I had no technique and definitely no stamina. I would swim a 25 and stop gasping for breath. It didn't help that I could only breathe on one side and did so irregularly. I must have been a sight!

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Over time I improved and picked up the frequency from one to three times a week. I learned how to breathe, do flip turns and even eventually the butterfly. One of my coaches told me after about a year that now I had a new sport for life.

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My swim club really has masters swimming figured out. Most of us, start with a hot tub warm-up before walking over to the pool. We are in California so everything is outside. When my confidence grew, I made some friends swimming. Eventually swim became more than just a great workout. This was a place people knew me for me.  After becoming a mother and before I started swim, I didn't have a job to meet people or school.  I mostly met people as a family or with the kids.

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I would never have guessed that all of those cold dark morning swims could mean so much. Swimming gives me a sense of self, a heck of an appetite and a non-impact workout option. Meeting great friends on top of that has been the unexpected bonus.

 

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